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Welcome to Penn Global Alumni and Alumni Clubs

With over 25,000 alumni living outside the United States, the University of Pennsylvania truly has a global presence in just about any community in the world.  Moreover, Penn Alumni can be found leading organizations of every type all over the globe ranging from large corporations, to government offices, and small local associations.  Penn alumni are using their education and experience to make a difference in their home country and beyond.  Penn’s alumni pride also can be found around the world as exhibited by the many volunteer leaders who work diligently to serve Penn as alumni interviewers, club leaders, and local ambassadors.

In Penn’s diverse community of engaged citizens, Penn’s Regional Clubs include over 120 clubs around the world offering alumni the chance to reconnect, to attend lively events and to get involved in collaborative initiatives that impact people and communities.  Club activities range in size and topics, from discussions featuring Penn Integrates Knowledge faculty members at Engaging Minds programs to intimate salon-style conversations, from celebratory happy hours to Penn sports viewing parties and from community and neighborhood service projects to group trips in the great outdoors. Penn Alumni Regional Clubs are charged with providing alumni with a variety of ways to connect to Penn from their own backyard.  Events are sponsored and organized in large part by Penn Alumni volunteers and leaders.

For a listing of current Penn Clubs and School specific clubs around the world, please visit the Alumni and Alumni Club section of the Global Activity Map

Alumni Making a Global Impact

  • Name:  Eduardo Calvo

    Country:  Chile

    Current Global Engagement:  Before getting to Penn, I worked in a public school and in a private college in the south of Chile. I spent four years teaching courses in the area of Sociology and Philosophy of the Education. I also worked as a professional training supervisor for teachers where I had the opportunity to work with more than 30 educational institutions across different regions and social status of the country. In 2013, I won a national scholarship from the Government of Chile which permitted me to come to Penn and pursue my master degree in Education. Currently, besides finishing up my coursework, I am working on the development of a social start-up called “Apollonian Project” which aims to promote artists’ works and, at the same time, provide art education for schools in the inner city. This organization seeks to make an impact from the world of art, above all from disciplines such as painting and photography. Re-appraising and re-constructing the foundational tenets of education, from a theoretical and concrete perspective, is my goal.

Q & A

  1. What book would you recommend to others?
    • I would recommend “Meditation, the first and last freedom” by Osho. For those interesting in mindfulness and above all in meditation, this book approaches what meditation is and its many variations as maybe no other book has done so far. Osho explains wonderfully not only a great array of techniques, but he also goes beyond the mere practice trying to touch the very essence of meditation.
  2. What is your fondest memory of Penn?
    • In general, the community of Penn. Especially, the local and international students I had the luck to know and become friends. Penn Campus and all its resources are great, but it was the people I met who made my experience something to remember.
  3. What is the one thing that all visitors in your city must do, or see?
    • First of all, if you love nature and amazing landscapes, you must come to Villarrica. Particularly, I would invite you to climb to the top of Villarrica Volcano. It is an unforgettable experience (it requires being in good shape, though), where you can enjoy the view of the different lakes and volcanoes around besides the chance to see lava coming out of the crater!
  4. Who inspires you?
    • I am inspired by many people who make great efforts for their self-improvement and devote all their capacity to bring out their best. In that sense, it inspires me the journeys different persons (or me) have done to overcome adversity and be better human beings. When driven by will and determination, it fuels me to see where people can start and where they can end up.
  5. Where did you hangout off campus?
    • I used to hang out in different places in Center City. During my one and a half year in Philly, I was not able to visit most of the nice places I was told to go, however, I really liked to go out in that area.
  6. When you travel do you prefer window or aisle?
    • Aisle.
  • Global Activity Map
  • Global Activity Map
  • An interactive map that showcases global opportunities for students, global activities of faculty, and the global reach of our alumni.

Penn Alumni Travel

Penn Alumni Travel offers a wide variety of tours to destinations around the world. Trips provide a rich travel experience thanks to their educational character, unique access to special lectures with Penn faculty, and the camaraderie of like-minded intellectually curious travelers. To find out more, please visit the Penn Alumni Travel site.